Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Thinking about your next great film or series? Great!

Many are asking us: should I still crowdfund? Crowdfunding rose out of the ashes of the 2007–2008 financial crisis. It’s a testament to the indomitable spirit of creators. It also led audiences out of a very dark time — one great idea at a time. It was revitalizing for so many people’s spirits, and also revitalizing for the creative economy. As artists further isolate, we are losing essential social connections that lift the human spirit. But there are virtual tools to continue to tell stories that connect people. This event will introduce you to some.

According to Seed&Spark, “it’s time to adjust the thinking about potential crowdfunding campaigns. This is not about raising the money for your work, this is about you offering a unique chance for people to connect (safely!) around things that really matter to them. Yes, your outreach strategy will have to adjust. Maybe your goals may have to come down as you scale back the ambition of your production (or heck, make it an audio drama you can record in your basement!). We haven’t seen a dip in contribution volume or levels in the past month.”

Join Seed&Spark’s film community manager, Bri Castellini, for an online discussion on Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop. During the workship, Bri will cover:

  • Why audience building is essential for a film career (and crowdfunding)
  • How to define, find, talk to and grow your audience
  • How to prepare for a successful crowdfunding campaign (including goal, incentives and communication plan)
  • Why staged financing might be right for you


About The Black TV & Film Collective

The Black TV & Film Collective is a collective of artists of color working in the television, film and digital entertainment industries, both above and below the line. We help our members make work and advance their careers while moving towards equity and inclusion of people of color in the entertainment industry.

To RSVP for this event, you must register here.


Aug 27 2020


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm